For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Six persons were arrested today when police clashed with demonstrators in Tangalla town in the morning.
Experts from China Military Intelligence Division is expected to be in Sri Lanka in the next two weeks to map out the modalities required for blocking what Colombo has termed “offensive” websites, media in Colombo reported.
Experts from China — which is embroiled in a battle with global search giant Google over allegations of web censorship — will help Sri Lanka to block “offensive” websites.
As investigations into the alleged proliferation of anti-government content through cellular networks and the internet continue, Government departments seemingly mull over a mechanism to regulate new age media, used by over 14 million Sri Lankans.
With a victory margin of seventeen percentage points over his main contender, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ought to be confident of his future. Why then is he swooping down on the same media that he once actively courted in his quest to achieve political supremacy?
Hundreds of employees in state sector organizations have been politically victimized, while some have been transferred to various departments without any valid reason, while still others have been prevented from reporting for duty.